Always a relatively early issue on the annual calendar, the Mint of Poland and Pela Coins have launched the third of their striking ‘Gods of Anger’ coins looking at the Ancient Egyptian pantheon of deities. The series debuted in 2019 with Anubis, and continued in 2020 with Horus. This time around, it’s Sekhmet, the lion headed goddess.
One of the Mint of Polands copious mythology coin ranges, it continues the signature two-ounce, rimless, high-relief strike that collectors have taken too so enthusiastically. It’s easy to see why. The format is just big enough to allow designers to imbue the coin with a good sense of depth, but remaining relatively affordable, at least at launch. One thing these coins have is a sense of the third dimension.
Sekhmet is one of the more striking figures in the Egyptian pantheon, carrying on the habit of giving a human body the head of an animal – in this case a lioness. As the goddess of destruction, she was never going to be shown carrying a cream bun, so a couple of wicked looking sickle-style blades sit in her grasp, nicely gilded and creating a focal point. As you should expect by now, the whole face of the coin is jam packed (I’ve got cakes on the brain today…) with architecture, finely detailed, with a pair of lionesses flanking Sekhmet.
It’s another terrific release. Ancient Egyptian culture is quite stunning in appearance, such artistic geniuses as H.R. Giger citing its inspiration on their work, and it’s great to see it done with a bit of passion. A coin that continues this excellent series in style, it has a mintage of 500 pieces and is available to pre-order now. Check out other releases in our Thematic Guide to the range.